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The Spiritual Eclipse

April 12, 2024 The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. ~Isaiah 60:19 Dear Church Family, This week I had the opportunity to experience...

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Believing in Jesus

April 5, 2024 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” ~John 11:25-26 Dear Church Family, What a beautiful Easter...

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Live to Love

April 1, 2024 Live to Love “Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light.” 1 John 2:10 As followers of Christ, our purpose in living is to share God’s love with those that we encounter. Our mission is to live to love. Over the next 6 weeks, during this...

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Surrendering to God

March 29, 2024 “Into your hands I commit my spirit; Deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.” ~Luke 23:46 Dear Church Family, On Sunday afternoon I was sitting and listening to the singing during the hospice memorial service on while thinking through the coming Holy Week...

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The Healing of Easter

March 22, 2024 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:38 Dear Church Family, Our journey to the cross this year has been one of focusing on healing and restoration through the miracle stories we...

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March Mission Madness

March 8, 2024   "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,  baptizing them in the name of the  Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit  and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

February, 2024 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 Babies change things. There are preparations and accommodations to be made when welcoming a child into your life. It may be a baby, a toddler or an older child. The child...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

November 2023 “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” One of the...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

During the month of October, we will be exploring gratitude. We experience blessing in abundance. This is a reality that we can depend on. But there are times when our focus becomes a bit muddled, and we lose sight of our blessings. This has consequences. When we are...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

July 1, 2023 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." - Romans 15:13 We have certainly been blessed at Parkway as we have been witnessing the work of the Holy Spirit among us!...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

Holy Week April 1, 2023 Five weeks ago, we began a journey together. We committed to walk with each other as we, once again, made the journey to the cross. We knew it would have ups and downs. We knew there would be joys and challenges along the way. These last few...

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From Pastor Caroline (3/3/23) . . .

Dear Parkway Family, As we enter into this season of Lent, we are preparing ourselves to stand before the cross on Good Friday and to celebrate our risen Lord on Easter morning. This task requires preparation. It requires that we prepare ourselves and that we allow...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

February 1, 2023 “My Father is glorified by this: that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be my disciples.” ~John 15:8 As a church we dedicated considerable time last year to assessing our personal discipleship through our Daring Discipleship series. We...

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From Pastor Caroline (9/23/22). . .

Giving Thanks September 23, 2022 “I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

September 1, 2022 “Go and make disciples of all nations” ~Matthew 28:19 The last Sunday of August, we were blessed to experience a baptism in worship! It is always such a joy to stand with someone making that profession of faith that Jesus is Lord of their life. It is...

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From Pastor Caroline (8/12/22) . . .

The Light Shines in the Darkness August 12, 2022   “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it. ~John 1:3b-5   Are you afraid of the dark? At some...

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From Pastor Caroline (8/5/22). . .

Then You Will Know August 5, 2022 “I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.” ~Ezekiel 37:14   I am so grateful to be home and with you all...

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From Pastor Caroline (7/1/22) . . .

Come and See July 1, 2022 What are you looking for? …Come and see. ~John 1:38-39 I am writing to you from the General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. This has been the first in-person General Assembly since 2019 and it has truly been a...

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From Pastor Caroline (6/24/22) . . .

A Call to Prayer June 24, 2022 Pray without ceasing ~1 Thessalonians 5:17 Years ago, when Josh and I were living in Kenya, we lived next door to a mosque. Each day in the very early morning we were awakened by a to a call to prayer. It was a beautiful sound as the...

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From Pastor Caroline (6/17/22) . . .

Are You Scared of Bears? June 17, 2022 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew...

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From Pastor Caroline (6/3/22) . . .

“Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I continue to rejoice and give thanks for our youth and the way they led us in worship a few weeks ago. What a blessing it...

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From Pastor Caroline (5/25/22) . . .

Beating Guns May 25, 2022 “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks…come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” ~Isaiah 2:4-5 “You, my brothers and...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

Create May 13, 2022 As I look out the window of my office, I see the remnants of the old trailer. Last week the company came and demolished the trailer as per the agreement with the company that purchased the land from the church. They removed a lot of it but still...

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From Pastor Caroline (5/6/22) . . .

Beloved Community May 6, 2022 Fostering "Beloved Community" is what devoted discipleship looks like. This is what the mission of God is all about. It’s what mission looks like. Mission groups and churches spend a lot of time focusing on building relationship because...

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From Pastor Caroline (4/22/22) . . .

April 22, 2022     He is risen indeed! What an honor it is to serve as your pastor! Last week we made the journey through Holy Week and it was such a privilege to do that together. I enjoyed seeing some of you in person for the first time! God is good!...

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From Pastor Caroline (4/15/22) . . .

Easter April 15, 2022 “Peter got up and ran to the tomb;  stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.” ~Luke 24:12 I love spring as we experience a change of pace in our schedules and all of the new...

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From Pastor Caroline (4/1/22) . . .

Thirsty April 1, 2022   “I am thirsty” ~John 19:28   From the cross, Jesus cried out that he was thirsty. He had nothing to drink. He had suffered great torture and exertion as he dragged his cross. And now he hung on that cross in the blazing sun, and he...

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From Pastor Caroline (3/25/22). . .

Prepare to Be March 25, 2022     Throughout our season of Lent, we are considering the seven last words of Christ spoken from the cross as recorded in our gospel texts. We are considering these words:   know, truth, here, forsaken, thirsty, finished,...

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From Pastor Caroline (3/4/22) . . .

A Lenten Journey March 4, 2022 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” ~Luke 9:35 It was such a joy to be together on Wednesday evening as we gathered together to usher in the Lenten season. Lent is such an important time of...

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From the Pastor . . .

March 1, 2022 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1  Lent is an important time of preparation; it is a time for self-reflection and evaluation as we prepare to declare on Easter that we believe and that we will...

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From Pastor Caroline (2/25/22) . . .

Glimpses of Glory “while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” ~Luke 9:29 We may not recognize it as such, but we certainly experience transfiguration. We are bound to, as we live as disciples of Jesus. When we...

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From Pastor Caroline (2/11/22) . . .

When something is so new and different, it takes some thought and intentionality to understand it. To know what it is and how it works. When we first heard about the novel coronavirus, we didn’t understand it. Nobody did. We didn’t know how it spread. We didn’t know...

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From Pastor Caroline (2/4/22) . . .

Unchanging February 6, 2022 “Here I am; send me!” ~Isaiah 6:8 We don’t always know what life is going to look like from one moment to the next. It seems that things are constantly changing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always like change. But change happens...

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From Pastor Caroline (1/28/22) . . .

Called to Hope January 30, 2022 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart; ~Jeremiah 1:5 You are called. God has set you apart and has plans and a purpose for you. Now, how you respond to that purpose is completely up to...

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From the Pastor . . .

February 1, 2022 On Saturday night last week, your deacons and I joined our neighbors at Congregation Dor Tamid for Shabbat service. It was an act of radical hospitality. We did this to offer our encouragement and support following the hostage situation at the...

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From Pastor Caroline (1/21/22) . . .

Divine Joy January 21, 2022 Do you have joy? Do you want joy? I mean, who doesn’t? I guess the real question is: Do you know how to receive joy? When the Israelites returned back home after more than 50 years of exile, they worked to rebuild the temple, rebuild their...

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From the Pastor . . .

January 1, 2021 They say we live in a post-Biblical era, that people generally do not know a reference from scripture when it is given. So, if I were speaking to a group and commented on Cain and Able, for instance, I would need to explain that reference. They say we...

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From Pastor Caroline (12/31/21)

Overwhelming Joy December 31, 2021   Those wise men journeyed from far, following the star, that they might encounter the Christ. We are told that, “When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” Seeking Jesus, following the light,...

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From Pastor Caroline (12/26/21)

December 26, 2021 Didn’t You Know Today is Boxing Day!  Traditionally, Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) was a time when Lords and aristocrats offered Christmas boxes to their servants and staff, like a Christmas bonus.  It was also a time in the church when clergy...

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From Pastor Caroline (12/24/21)

December 24, 2021 Silent Night I used to love going and visiting my grandparents. My grandaddy always had a story to tell. One filled with adventure and excitement. My grandparents were missionaries in the Belgian Congo in the 1940’s. It was interesting times! I loved...

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From Pastor Caroline (12/10/21)

What Do I Do? Do you remember your baptism?  Do you remember the words of the pastor spoken to you at the time?  I was baptized by the pastor of outreach at my church growing up, David.  David is an encourager.  He never has a harsh word for anyone.  I remember it...

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From Pastor Caroline (12/3/21)

  I was once in an informal settlement in South Africa doing a home visit with a woman with AIDS. Getting to her place was challenging.  There were no roads.  And as I walked down the dirt path, I had to be careful as it was an open sewer.  The smell in the heat...

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From the Pastor . . .

December 1, 2021 As I look around, I can see everyone preparing for the Christmas season. The homes in our neighborhood are beginning to light up the darkness. We prepare with great expectation even as the nights grow longer and the darkness surrounds us. We remember...

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From Pastor Caroline (11/26/21)

Signs of Hope Have you ever been walking down the street in the city and noticed these random sprouts that come through the sidewalk? I mean, you are walking down the streets of Atlanta, surrounded by cement and pavement and yet there will be these little green...

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From Pastor Caroline (10.29.21)

Several years ago I had my children at the pediatrician's office for the annual flu vaccination clinic. Imagine being trapped in a room with dozens of small children being stuck with needles.  The child’s image of hell.  We had finally finished and were heading out of...

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From the Pastor….

Give Thanks “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with jubilation; come before Him with rejoicing. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courtyards with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” We really do have so much for which to be...

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From Pastor Caroline (10.22.21)

Do you know what you want?  I don’t think it’s too hard to make a decision and get what I need.  Unless I go to Starbucks, that is.  A good trip to Starbucks is just what I need to make me feel like I have no idea what it is I really want in life.  When I go to...

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From Pastor Caroline (10.15.21)

Moments of Truth:  The Winning Team I love a good soccer game! I do love watching professional soccer, but I think my favorite thing is watching a good kids' soccer match.  You know that one I mean; the one when a kid gets that soccer ball and gets so excited and...

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From Pastor Caroline (10.08.21)

Do you have a following?  What do your Instagram and Twitter feeds look like?  I was curious as to who has the greatest following on social media platforms, so I looked it up.  On Twitter, the person with the most followers is Barak Obama with over 129 million.  On...

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From the Pastor…

Faithfully Follow As we begin this new season of ministry together, I hope you will join me in rejoicing in all that the Lord has done to bring us to this point together. Parkway Baptist Church has a legacy of faithfully following the Lord and because of that faith,...

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From Pastor Caroline (10.01.21)

In case you have any doubt, I want you to hear this morning that Jesus loves you.  How do we know that?  How do we know that Jesus loves us? Because Jesus loves his disciples.  The night before Jesus died he spent his last hours with his disciples having supper.  In...

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From Pastor Caroline (09.20.21)

Greetings to you all!  It is with great joy and excitement that we join you this week at Parkway Baptist Church. May God’s grace and peace be with us all. God has graciously led us through our endings and our time in the wilderness.  It was our faith in God that...

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From Pastor Caroline Smith (09.13.21)

“In order to be true to God and to ourselves we must break with the familiar, established and secure norms and go off into the unknown.”  --Thomas Merton Our church family, and my family, are “off into the unknown.” When I wrote last, we were saying our goodbyes and...

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Letter from Pastor Caroline Smith (09.09.21)

Greetings and blessings upon each of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! Our family continues to work through the logistics of our move to Atlanta. We have been praying for you in the midst of our mutual transitions. According to William Bridges, there are three...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (08.13.21)

  As I close out my ministry with the Parkway family, my heart is filled with gratitude for each of you and the difference you have made in my life. I could not have asked for a more supportive, loving, and committed group of Christians with whom to engage in...

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